how we met
Technically I guess you could say we met when we were about 5 when Dan and his brother would sell strawberries on their family’s farm and my mom would take me with her to buy produce. Dan and I grew up down the street from each other but didn’t start dating until a mutual friend “formally” introduced us in high school. We started dating when we were 16 and then dated long distance while I was in college and got married the summer after I graduated.
how they asked
Dan proposed while on a family vacation to the beach. He waited until the last, and hottest, day that we were there and asked me to go for a walk on the beach with him. I refused (it was 95 degrees outside and peak sun!) but my mom, who knew about his plans, pushed me out the door. I power-walked down the beach ahead of him because I was grumpy about being outside in the heat but after a few minutes he said “Hey, look at this!”, at which point I turned around and found him down on one knee and he asked me to marry him! I was mostly surprised because it was the last day of vacation so I figured he was not going to propose but I had noticed on our way down to the beach that it looked like he had everything he owned stuffed into the pockets of his shorts. It was really wonderful to be able to share our engagement with my family who were there with us on vacation!